The Newsletter of the Halsey Hall Chapter
Society for American Baseball Research (SABR)


October 2002

Joint Chapter Meeting October 20
Book Club
Web-only Discounts on SABR Publications
Vintage Loggers
Chapter Tidbits
Board of Directors

Joint Chapter Meeting October 20
The Halsey Hall Chapter’s joint meeting with the Field of Dreams Chapter of Iowa will be at the Music Man Centre in Mason City, Iowa, on Sunday, October 20, beginning at noon and wrapping up by 5:00. The program will include a display of Iowa and Minnesota baseball memorabilia, an open forum on how to do research, a joint business meeting, and a trivia quiz as well as:

For more details, including information on car pooling, contact Howard Luloff at 952-922-5036 or via e-mail at (Pat Lewis is looking for riders on his jaunt from Bismarck, North Dakota, to Mason City. If you’d like to ride with Pat, contact him at 701-223-4201 or via e-mail at

Directions to the Music Man Centre: From Minneapolis-St. Paul, take I-35 South (from Dallas-Fort Worth, take I-35 North), exit on Highway 122, just south of Clear Lake, and go east into downtown Mason City (about seven miles). Turn left on Pennsylvania Avenue, just past Hardee’s, and go north three blocks. The Music Man Square is on the left with a life-size sculpture of Meredith Willson in the courtyard. Park in the lot across the street, by the public library.

Book Club
Four chapter members met on August 10 to discuss the book Hitter! The Life and Turmoils of Ted Williams by Ed Linn.

The next meeting is at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 19 at Dunn Bros. Coffee Shop, next to Rag & Bone Books, 2812 W. 43rd Street in the Linwood Hills area of Minneapolis. The book to be read is The Great American Novel by Philip Roth. For more information, contact Tom Swift at

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Web-only Discounts on SABR Publications
Pre-1987 issues of the Baseball Research Journal and The National Pastime are available at deeply discounted prices at Click on “Publications” on the menu on the left-hand side and then on “SABR Sale” directly under “Publications” to get a list of the publications for sale. A table of contents is also available for each publication. Click on a publication title to go to the order page for the University of Nebraska Press web site.

In Case You Were Wondering
Some members have inquired as to why they are receiving copies of USA Today Sports Weekly (formerly Baseball Weekly). This is a member benefit that SABR has negotiated with the USA Today. All SABR members are receiving a 26-week subscription to Sports Weekly. Those who already subscribe will have their subscriptions extended. The SABR office assures members that this will not generate any junk mail.

Anyone who does not wish to receive Sports Weekly may contact the SABR office at 800-969-7227 or via e-mail at

Vintage Loggers
The Minnesota Loggers—a conglomeration of players from the Quicksteps and St. Croix vintage base ball teams, including several who are Halsey Hall Chapter members—traveled to Columbus, Ohio, over Labor Day weekend for the Ohio Cup Vintage Base Ball Festival. The Loggers won two of the six games they played. Chapter members who made the trip were Don “Pieso” Hammer, Dan Cagley, Ray Luurs, Geoff Luurs, Deano Thilgen, and Rich Arpi.

The Quicksteps wrapped up their season September 15 in Eden Prairie with a loss to the St. Croixs, who were preparing for their season finale at the time of this printing.

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Chapter Tidbits
Many thanks to the 84 SABR members who renewed their subscription to The Holy Cow! That’s better than a 90 percent renewal rate.

The next Holy Cow Extra, which will be out in October, will focus on collecting.

    October 5—Hot Stove Saturday Mid-Morning, Baker’s Square, 66th and Xerxes, Richfield, 9:30 a.m.

    October 19—Book Club, Dunn Bros. Coffee Shop, Minneapolis, 10 a.m.

    October 20—Fall Chapter Meeting, Music Man Square, Mason City, Iowa, noon to 5 p.m.

Halsey Hall Chapter
Board of Directors 2002-03
President—Ray Luurs
Vice President—Fred Buckland
Secretary-Treasurer—Rich Arpi
Dan Cagley
Cary Smith
Deano Thilgen
Bob Tholkes

The Holy Cow! Editor—Stew Thornley
Holy Cow Extra Editor—Bob Tholkes
Webmaster—Deano Thilgen  

Please direct news about chapter events, about yourself or about other chapter members to:
S. Thornley
1082 Lovell Avenue
Roseville, Minnesota 55113-4419
E-mail Stew Thornley

Halsey Hall Chapter Web Page:

Halsey Hall Chapter E-list/Message Board:

Past issues of The Holy Cow! are available at

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